Hi everyone, we just returned from a week's stay at the Seven Stars in Provo. The hotel was beautiful and the staff was very nice. As my subject line says, I think my expectations were set too high, however. I'm not a snob, I'm not hard to please, etc., but I just expected something special or extraordinary about Turks and Caicos after all the gushing I heard about it. Please don't slam me, it's not warranted, I'm just giving my own, though somewhat disappointed, honest experience/opinion.
I guess because I always heard Turks is so fantastic, I expected something special, I don't know what exactly, but something, so I suppose I was let down. I found nothing different or special than any other island, I'd say it will probably go to the bottom of my list along with Punta Cana, unfortunately. As I said, the resort was fantastic, but the island itself was pretty junkie. Of course I know most islands are not prestine outside of the resorts, but again, I had high expectations for Turks. There were rundown, delapidated buildings everywhere, even nice homes had deplorable grounds in and around their properties, there were stray dogs everywhere. My day was ruined when I saw a stray dog trying to make his way across the street, limping. I wish the resorts and government would give some of the money they make to take control of the animal problem. My heart sunk when I saw this dog, I felt so bad. Heck, drinks cost $16 and probably only $1 to make so they should share the wealth and help the animals more with a spay and neuter program moreso than they have.
I did find the sand to be the softest I've ever felt, but as far as the water, island itself, things to do and see, I found nothing special about Turks, I'm sad to say :( Yes, I did relax and enjoy the time away, but I wouldn't go back. I think I'd only recommend Turks to someone who just wanted to relax and eat, not have much else to do or see. I know all islands are costly, but Turks was out of control. $16 for a drink, $75 for a sweatshirt, it was more expensive than Hawaii and I just don't get it! I can see if they were so far away from civiliation, but with being only 500 miles from Miami, I think the prices were ridiculous and I'm not cheap.
Again, don't slam me, there's no need for that when someone is giving their opinion. I did like the hotel, I enjoyed relaxing and the sand and water were beautiful. My point of this thread is I to say I just didn't get all the hype about Turks and my expectations were not met, that's all. My husband thought the same as did other wonderful people we met there, I guess it just wasn't for us. We do like to experience different islands though, so I will add this to the list and look forward to the next :)